Why this petition?
Homes in Canada cost up to 4x what a typical younger person can afford, according to Gen Squeeze research. 40% of Canadians face unaffordable rent. Many of them are under the age of 50.
Everyone knows the high cost of living is a major concern for younger Canadians. Political parties are looking for ideas about how to solve these problems – and Gen Squeeze has answers!
It's the federal election! And whichever party wins, we need them to take serious action on housing affordability.
Political parties are deciding right now how they would solve the housing crisis, if elected. But none of the parties have put forward a plan yet that could close the gap for young Canadians. Now's the time to make your voice heard.
With thousands of signatures, we can deliver a clear message to all federal parties: it's time to commit to making homes affordable for ALL Canadians.
Four Key Commitments
For all Canadians to be able to afford a good home, housing platforms should include these four commitments, which together create a comprehensive framework for solving the problem:
A guiding principle of Homes First
To help ensure all housing policy treats housing as a place to call home, not a way to get rich
A National Housing Strategy Phase II
To serve ALL Canadians struggling to find a good home, including all 1.7 million Canadians currently in core housing need (the current NHS aims to help ~500,000 people)
A goal to achieve that ☝️ (helping ALL Canadians afford a good home) by 2030
Which is already the goal of Canada’s arms-length national housing agency
Commit to comprehensive — NOT partial — action
Because partial action like only focusing on supply or demand can make things worse
- Action to strengthen the current NHS (social and community housing sector)
- Action to dial up the right supply
- Action to dial down harmful demand
- Action to address wealth inequalities created by housing (rebalance taxation)
- Action to improve housing data
- Action to protect people against a decline in prices